Symantec warned me about Adware Win32 Adpeak. Additionally both IE and Firefox will not connect to the internet. I had Symantec remove it succefully. but later it appeared again. Does that mean my computer is infected by Adware Win32 Adpeak? How can this virus infect my PC since I have installed the anti-virus program? Will this adware cause problem if you just ignore it? What is the best way to remove it? Learn more from this post.
Adware:win32/adpeak is an annoying browser hijacker that severely interference with your online surfing experience of the victim browser. It is acquired with the compatibility of most existing browsing product, which means, it can infect many different version of browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari or Mozilla Firefox. This malicious program is made to kidnap the target browser. After invasion is succeeded, it will take over the default homepage of the victim browser so its domain comes up every time you run the victim IE browser. You cannot set the original domain as default homepage. Legitimate website would allow people to choose which website as the homepage. But browser hijacker is different. Browser hijacker would not allow you to replace to another website so as to force you to visit its website all the time. For that, it can easily increase traffic to earn profit.
Leaving browser hijacker in your computer can be a big risk. People who think it is okay not to remove hijacker should change their mind. Browser hijacker is set to force people to visit unwanted website. It would redirect people to some strange domain, a move that could makes the infection of the victim computer more severely. The redirection is more than annoying because people cannot go to the webpage they want and their network surfing is hampered. Besides the visible damage you can see, there are some internal damage as well. To fixed the default homepage, it needs to change browser settings secretly. And the changes also allow many annoying advertisements to pop up. If you want to use the browser smoothly, you need to remove it as soon as possible.
The search engine such as Google or Yahoo will be redirected to Adware:win32/adpeak’s domain and your homepage will be modified to unknown resources. Your computer is responding slowly in every process and the responding process makes you feel like it stuck. You will be annoyed about the budges of pop-ups and adware that accompany with it. You have to wait for more time than usual while opening a new webpage on the infected browser because it takes more time to load process. You are always being redirected to some unsafe links or malicious websites.
Manual removal is a complicated and risky process, so please back up all important data before making any changes on your computer. Here are some instructions to handle with the Trojan horse manually, and be cautious when going through the following steps.
1 Clear all the cookies of the affected browsers.
* Google Chrome: Click on the Tools menu → select Options → Click “Under the bonnet” tab → locate “Privacy” section → browsing data” button → “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
* Internet Explorer: Click “Tools” → Click “safety” → “delete browsing history” → Tick “cookies” box and click delete
* Firefox:: Click “Tools” → Click “Options” → Click “Privacy” → Click “remove individual cookies”
2 Remove all the add-ons and extensions.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Settings → Click Manage Add-ons
(2). Click Programs tab → Click Manage Add-ons → Disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get run option
(2). Type in Control Panel and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on Folder Options link
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to effect， then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4 stop virus processes in the Windows Task Manager.
(1). Press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys together to get Windows Task Manager
(2). Click More details
5. Remove all the malicious files registry entries through Registry Edit.
*Adware:win32/adpeak is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete all the related registry entries.
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together then Registry Editor will pop up.
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of XX.
Adware:win32/adpeak is a malicious program that would bring extra malicious programs into the victim browser. It is spread all over the word to perform its hijacking task. It can slow down the computer performance. Once it kidnaps the target browser, it would change the computer background to black and change the computer settings to allow more malicious actions. This infection is usually associated with other threats such as Trojan horse virus and other redirects. It is a pop-up which most likely to redirect people to undesired website and bring in more viruses. we can say that Trojan virus and browser hijacker is the most common PC virus we should face on the internet. In order to prevent further infection, you need to clean your computer instantly.
Published by & last updated on January 20, 2014 4:36 am